Following the end of the Infinity Saga in 2019, Black Widow was originally scheduled to launch phase four of the MCU. The film, which will see Scarlett Johansson return as Natasha Romanoff, was due to release in theatres last May. Unfortunately, it was delayed to November 6th when the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a grinding halt. The film was once again delayed to May 2021, when it became clear that theatres wouldn’t be able to open in time.
With Black Widow‘s release now beginning to edge closer, eager fans have been left to wonder if the May 2021 release date will stick. Disney has previously stated they still plan to release Black Widow in theatres in May, but we’ve also seen contrasting reports, with some industry analysts stating that a third delay is expected.
During an earnings call a short while ago, Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek once again confirmed that the company is still planning for Black Widow to release theatrically in May. His full quote can be seen below:
A lot can change in the eight weeks or so that we have before Black Widow is set to hit the big screen, but for the moment at least, Disney is continuing to aim for a May release. Any plans for a release in the first half of 2021 looked impossible just a few weeks ago, but rapid vaccination programmes around the world are giving us hope that cinemas will re-open in time, even if it is at a reduced capacity.
Black Widow is currently scheduled to release on May 7th.